If you have head lice, the first sign you should look for is itching and scratching. You should also look for nits on your hair. You may also experience itching in your ears. This itching may last for a couple of weeks. If it gets too intense, you may get a secondary bacterial infection.
Head lice usually live on the scalp and neck. They are hard to detect, so you will need a magnifying glass or disposable gloves. You should also check for eggs. Liquid eggs are easier to find near the hairline than live lice. If you find any eggs, you should treat them right away.
While lice aren’t known to transmit diseases, they do cause intense itching. This is because of the louse’s feces and saliva. While head lice are not considered to be a health threat, the discomfort they can cause can make you scratch excessively, which can result in an infection.
To treat head lice, make sure you wash your children’s bed linens and towels. This will prevent the spread of the infestation. In addition, try to avoid sharing combs, hats, towels, and clothing with someone who has head lice. Also, it’s a good idea to wash all clothing that you use in hot water and dry it in a hot clothes dryer.